Sweet orange essential oil is derived from the peel of the citrus fruit. It has been prized for many years due to its many positive effects on the body and mind. It is also used for domestic uses such as cleaning and is a key ingredient in household products such as detergent, bathroom cleaners and soap.
Origins of Sweet Oranges
Some historians believe that oranges come from China as they are mentioned in ancient Chinese texts. However, it is also possible that they originate in either Southeast Asia or India. Over the centuries they have been cultivated in other parts of the world and are primarily grown in tropical and subtropical climates. It was the Spaniards who introduced the fruit to the Americas and today it is the world’s most popularly grown fruit.
Health Benefits of Sweet Orange
This amazing fruit and the oil derived from it have some very desirable characteristics. It smells good, which has made it a popular ingredient in beauty merchandise such as shampoos, creams and lotions. It also has antibacterial properties, which makes it useful for cleaning the body and other objects. It has a great tasting flavor which makes it a key component of a variety of different beverages and dishes.
Oranges are comprised of limonene, which is a strong antioxidant found to reduce inflammation (which is responsible for various diseases) while also warding off damage from free radicals. Those who consumed oranges or related products such as orange juice were found to have increased circulation, a better complexion, reduced anxiety and low hypertension. Consuming oranges is a natural way to boost the function of your immune system.
However, the benefits of this fruit and its oil aren’t merely restricted to the body. It also provides positive benefits to the mind. Specifically it has been found to bring relief to those suffering from depression, stress or low libido. It will also give a boost of energy to those that suffer from chronic fatigue. Sweet oranges are also the subject of extensive research due to their anti-cancer characteristics.
A Look at Sweet Orange Essential Oils
The essential oil which is derived from orange also provides numerous benefits to the skin. This is likely due to its large Vitamin C component, which is known for both shielding the skin and protecting it. Those who are concerned about dark spots, fine lines, and other signs of aging will find that orange oil promotes the growth of collagen, and due to its status as an antioxidant, it reduces the rate of damage the skin receives from exposure to UV light, as well as environmental pollution.
This oil will bring relief to those who are suffering from acne, and a small amount can be applied to the face through the usage of carrier oil. However, as with all essential oils, you should perform a skin test first to ensure there are no adverse reactions. Sweet orange essential oil has also been successfully combined with both tea tree oil and frankincense.